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22 Dec 2013

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus present CircusFit for Fit Kids Everywhere!

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Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”

My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 4 and 8 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!

I recently learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!

At Fit Kids Playground, we fully believe that fitness should be made fun and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show. There is also an additional add on this year to get a VIP ticket to the Ringmaster Zone! This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!

And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an all access Pre-Show pass to meet the clowns, watch jugglers and mingle with the shows stars! Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!

We have been provided with a family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 1-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”*

Disclosure: I have been provided with tickets for my family as well as a family-four pack to a Tampa show.
*This giveaway has ended.

02 Mar 2013

Primrose South Tampa School to attend Fit Kids Playground Events!

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We could not be more delighted to have the Primrose School of South Tampa support our Fit Kids Playground events, as well as sponsor the Hyde Park Village Kids Market!

Opening up in August 2013, they will be a wonderful addition to the South Tampa neighborhood that they serve. Their Vision is to deliver the best and most trusted early childhood education and child care services for families across America. They strive to commit to being at their personal and professional best each day because they realize they are role models for the children.

Their state of the art facility will be run by Richard and Jana Radtke, who also own other Primrose locations in Tampa, FL. They are long time Primrose School owners with their family deeply rooted into making each school an amazing success. “With deep roots in the Primrose community, we are incredibly devoted to bringing the best possible child care experience to our South Tampa communities. We understand the importance of instilling a love of learning throughout a child’s early years, and we believe this is essential to building a new generation of bright students!”, said Ms. Christy Blackard, new Director of Primrose South Tampa.

Opening in August 2013, Primrose School of South Tampa will be the first urban, LEED-certified Primrose School in the Tampa market and will feature the exclusive Balanced LearningR Curriculum for children ages six weeks to 5 years old as well as through their after school programs for elementary students from public school (transportation provided).

We hope that you will stop by and visit them at one of our events in the near future!

06 Feb 2013

Push Away the Screen Giveaway: Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival comes to Tampa!

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We are starting off 2013 with lots of Push Away the Screen Giveaways! There is so much to do here in Tampa Bay that you should be pushing away the screen more often and getting outside or on the town to see what awesome things are going down!

This week’s Push Away the Screen Giveaway is from Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival! Coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 2! Our giveaway is for a for a family 4-pack of tickets to the March 2nd, 5:30 PM show! It’s going to be such a great time!

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.

Here’s a sneak preview!

At Fit Kids Playground we know that pushing away the screen is so important! We hope that you, as parents, will continue to make an effort to go do something with your kids and family instead of watching TV!

To Enter the Push Away The Screen Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us your child’s favorite sport or activity.
2. You must be signed up for our Fit Kids Playground Monthly Newsletter in order to win. Look Here! ——————————————–>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
3. Based on you comment number, a random number will be chosen via Random.org to determine the winner using the number of final comments entered.
4. Winner will be notified via e-mail and tickets will be left at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office. Photo ID is required. This giveaway is for 4 tickets to the Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival playing at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 2, 2013 at 5:30pm.
5. Contest ends at 9am EST Friday, February 15, 2013.

Tickets have been provided to me in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Push Away the Screen Giveaway a part of the Fit Kids Playground commitment to healthy kids and active lifestyles. We are a part of the We Can! Program that promotes eating healthier, moving more and pushing away the screen.

08 Jan 2013

Truck Farm Tampa appears on Daytime TV

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait! It’s Truck Farm? What? A garden in a truck? Yup! Truck Farm Tampa is back in action for 2013 because of Chipotle Mexican Grill and its 2013 sponsorship of the Tampa fleet. Truck Farm Tampa is owned and operated by Fit Kids Playground founder, Marisa Langford.

Truck Farm Tampa was featured on Daytime TV on Jaunary 8, 2013. Thrilled to share our story with a national audience, we wanted to show how easy it really is to grow something in anything! We featured the “crazy garden” activity and a farm to table salsa (recipe from Chipotle Mexican Grill). “We were excited to announce our 2013 Chipotle Truck Farm Tampa Tour to the Tampa Bay area!” said Marisa Langford, owner of Truck Farm Tampa and founder of Fit Kids Playground. “We now have a block of free classes that we can offer to local schools and community events to demonstrate our mission, the simple fact that one can grow anything anywhere as long as you have sun, soil, water air!”

The 2013 Chipotle Truck Farm Tampa Tour was first featured in the Tampa Tribune’s ‘Business & Money’ section on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

If you are interested in more information on a visit Truck Farm Tampa or Fit Kids Playground, please use the contact form to reach Marisa Langford directly.

01 Jan 2013

Run Away With The Circus!

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Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. Read Below about how to enter!

Special Offer For Fit Kids Readers!

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

I have always loved the circus. Everything about it was fun. My Dad always took us and we made the most of the day! Also, back in Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to visit Barnum, WI and actually be a part of the circus for a day! I told my Mom, I wanted to runaway with the circus…but I think she called my bluff as I had no clear talents to allow me to do that. But what if I did? Would she have let me?

At the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Media Day event last week, I got a chance to see what behind the scenes circus people were really like. I think the public has a skewed perception of what “running away with the circus” is really like. Yes, first you must have a true talent to be a part of the show, but you also have to be a super dedicated, hard working individual who is passionate about performing and what your role is in the circus. I was so impressed with everyone whom I spoke with that it got me thinking about sometime else…

Let’s discuss the importance of parents fostering a love of an activity in our children that might one day allow them the opportunity to run away with the circus. I look at my daughter, Mia, who is 7 and is a member of the Tampa Gym and Dance Gymnastics team. She spends over 8 hours a week practicing. She is also beginning to learn the importance of healthy eating too. She is dedicated (yes, even at an early age) and she is willing to practice hard so that she can get better at what she does. I hope she will be inspired to always have a love for doing this fun activity and will also lead her to living ahealthy lifestyle too.

Above, I am pictured above with Elliana Grace, the 20 year old human cannonball…yes, that is what I said, THE HUMAN CANNONBALL. That was how she introduced her self. She was so impressive, that all I could think about when we were talking was that THIS could be Mia in 13 years!

I learned that she had grown up in the circus, literally. Her mother ran a circus in St. Louis and before she could remember, she was doing ariel gymnastics, horseback riding and lots of tumbling! Excited about having the opportunity to travel around the USA and Canada and Mexico by train, doing something she lows. That was the key. You could see it in her eyes. She enjoyed this whole experience- from living on a train to seeing the country to meeting new people! And, this was her first time ever being shot out of a cannon in front of an audience!

We talked for a while l offer about how important good physical health is to be a part of this team. She eats healthy and has a practice routine that is her full time job. It’s impressive that she, at 20, has found something she loves and is willing to peruse it as a career.

I hope that we all can foster a love of an activity in our children’s early years for them to be as passionate as Elliana is about what she is doing. It started when she was young. It always starts young. Good habits start young. Healthy habits start young. A little bit at a time.

Being that today is January 1st, and New Year’s resolutions are among us, I would like to hear what you all will be doing to foster healthy fit kids in your families this year! Will you try a new sport? Will you do an activity WITH your kids? Will you give them the opportunity to try something new that THEY want to try? Anything to get our kids off the couch and to push away the screen!! Once kids find something they enjoy doing, it’s hard to pry them away from doing it.

Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

As always, arrive one hour early to meet our performers, try on costumes and learn circus skills at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to all ticket holders!

To Enter the Push Away The Screen Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post about how you will foster healthy fit kids in your family this year.
3. Based on you comment number, a random number will be chosen via Random.org to determine the winner.
4. Winner will be notified via e-mail and tickets will be left at the Tampa Bay Times Box Office under winners name. It will be the winners responsibility to pick up the tickets from the Tampa Bay Times Box office.
5. Contest ends at 5pm EST Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Tickets have been provided to me in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Push Away the Screen Giveaway a part of the Fit Kids Playground commitment to healthy kids and active lifestyles. We are a part of the We Can! Program that promotes eating healthier, moving more and pushing away the screen.

A few cool things from BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus:

Baby’s First Circus

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

**UPDATE**January 10, 2013**


We wanted to announce that Marissa Stratton was our winner of the Ringling Circus tickets! We loved hearing all the ways your family is staying healthy! Keep it up and stay tuned for more PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN giveaways!